The server content team’s goal for the semester was to obtain relevant and useful content for the server, the first of which will be deployed in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The team understood that the material would not be all-inclusive due to space and storage issues, but hoped to make it as comprehensive as possible for the educational purposes at hand. The content selected focused on students from 3rd to 8th grade as that is the age group of the students who will be using the server. The team split up into four major categories when researching material: Math, Science, English, and “Other”. Each category had its own challenges in finding content that was helpful to students yet simple enough for students to easily understand.
After much research, Math, Science, and English content was selected that would be complementary to Chuuk curriculum. For Math and Science, videos were utilized to explain content in an easy to understand format. For English, literature written in both the native language (Chuukese) and in English were chosen. In this way, students could be exposed to literature in both languages in order to learn it more effectively. The “Other” category included Wikipedia articles, health content, graphic organizers, and cultural videos. The partnering community expressed a desire for cultural material as well as health content, so these were included.
In the future, this team hopes to expand their work in two directions: 1) to include additional content relevant culturally to the Federated States of Micronesia; and 2) to increase the breadth of material included in the areas of Math, Science, and English, so that the server’s content can be readily adapted to meet educational needs across the Pacific Islands and beyond.
The team used as its point of departure the RACHEL server project, an open-access initiative to supply a content server to schools, mainly across African countries, that are similarly receiving ICT, but where relevant educational content on said technology is currently lacking. We utilized a number of the files that are pre-populated into the RACHEL server content, yet added a good number of our own. Many, though certainly not all, of these files were added due to their cultural relevance to our project. We have written an open Letter to RACHEL, to advise them on how we have adopted, and adapted, their product for our project’s needs.
Thanks to the team at WorldPossible, home of RACHEL, our content is now open-access, and is generously being hosted on the WorldPossible website. It can be found here: http://www.iit.worldpossible.org/